From Crisis to Recovery

A dialogue among environmental heroes


What: From Crisis to Recovery: Working Together Towards a More Just, Equitable and Green Future

When: 5:30 pm Wed., Sep. 30

Where: Zoom link provided just prior to the event for those who RSVP at http://www.re-sources.org/recovery

Info: RSVP to this virtual conversation and fundraising event organized by RE Sources
 at http://www.re-sources.org/recovery

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

How do we move from the crises of 2020 to a just, equitable recovery together?

That’s the topic of a virtual conversation and fundraiser featuring the directors of social justice advocacy groups later this month. The discussion will take the place of the annual Environmental Heroes Awards banquet. In normal years, the awards recognize individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of our environment and advocating sustainability for our community.

But 2020 is no normal year.

“If there was ever a year calling on us to take a stand, to fight, to love, and to collaborate, 2020 is it. We need to move beyond our fears and out of our comfort zones to turn things around. It’s well past time to act on many fronts, with many actors, always with a big heart and a willingness to learn from others, while constantly keeping our broadest goal in sight for this region—a just and green future for all,” said Shannon Wright, RE Sources’ executive director.

Wright is one of three visionary leaders who will spell out how, by working together, we can turn the crises of 2020—systemic racism and human rights violations, the coronavirus pandemic, and accelerating climate change—into opportunities for creating an enduring, just and thriving future.

This moderated discussion will explore what “recovery” looks like and how each of us can act decisively today in making much-needed change happen.

Wright will engage in a teleconference dialogue with Rosalinda Guillen, executive director of Community to Community Development, and Candice Wilson, executive director of the Lummi Nation’s Lhaq’temish Foundation. The discussion will be moderated by Carl Weimer, former Whatcom County Council member and special projects advisor for the Pipeline Safety Trust.

Guillén is a widely recognized farmworker justice leader who promotes food justice, immigration reform, and farmworker rights. As the founding executive director of Community to Community Development (C2C), a grassroots organization led by women of color, she and her team work to strengthen local and global movements toward social, economic and environmental justice. She worked with farmworkers at Chateau Ste. Michelle to win the first-ever farmworkers’ collective bargaining agreement in the state of Washington.

An alumni of Northwest Indian College focused on tribal governance, Wilson served as the Vice Chairwoman of Lummi Nation and a member of the Lummi Indian Business Council for nine years. The Lhaq’temish Foundation is a Lummi Nation service organization dedicated to creating “a healthy and prosperous community that strengthens our people through cultural, social and economic abundance,” Wilson notes.

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a local nonprofit organization in Bellingham dedicated to protecting the health of northwest Washington’s people and ecosystems through the application of science, education, advocacy and action.

“Our nation is in the midst of the broadest, most sustained racial justice protests of the last 50 years,” RE Sources’ Wright observes. “The backdrop to these demonstrations is the ongoing spread of COVID-19, which is disproportionately killing Black, indigenous, and people of color in our country and here in Washington state. Meanwhile, the federal government quietly continues on its march to ignore, undermine, and undo our country’s most critical environmental laws to protect human health, our air, water, climate, natural areas and endangered species.”

Much has been written on the intersection between racial justice, human rights, environmental damage and climate change. This event is intended to help foster a timely conversation about what this intersection means for our region’s future and the well-being of its peoples. It will also underscore actions that can be taken today to recover.

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